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Glasses culture

40 album covers that feature stunning specs

From rock to jazz, pop to soul and even rap, countless album covers have immortalised some of history’s most legendary glasses designs. We’re taking a look back at the ones that have most made their mark, from Buddy Holly’s square design to the futuristic frames seen on Cardi B and, of course, Prince’s triple round lenses.

  • Almous-famous-1100x400

    B.O Almost Famous (2000)

  • Amanda-lear-made-in-france-1100x400

    Amanda LearÇa m’est égal (1981)

  • Aretha-Franklin-Yeah-1100x400

    Aretha FranklinYeah !!! (1965)

  • Billy-idol-rebel-yell-extendd-version-1100x400

    Billy IdolRebel Yell (1983)

  • bob-dylan-infidels-1100x400

    Bob DylanInfidels (1983)

  • bryan-ferry-in-your-mind-1100x400

    Bryan Ferry In your mind (1977)

  • buddy-holly-from-the-original-master-tapes-1100x400

    Buddy HollyFrom the original Master Tapes (1985)

  • cardi-b-invasion-of-privacy-1100x400

    Cardi B Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

  • cher-I-paralyse-1100x400

    CherI Paralyze (1987)

  • Chevy-Chase-1100x400

    Chevy ChaseChevy Chase (1980)

  • Christophe-les-vestiges-du-chaos-1100x400

    ChristopheLes vestiges du chaos (2016)

  • Corey-hart-sunglasss-at-night-1100x400

    Corey Hart Sunglasses At Night (1983)

  • Elton-John-pinball-wizard-1100x400

    Elton JohnPinball Wizard (1976)

  • Elvis-costello-this-years-model-1100x400

    Elvis CostelloThis year’s Model (1978)

  • etienne-dao-1100x400

    Etienne DahoSurf (2020)

  • freddie-mercury-mr-bad-guy-1100x400

    Freddie Mercury – Mr. Bad Guy (1985)

  • gil-scott-heron-reflections-1100x400

    Gil Scott-HeronReflections (1981)

  • giogio-let-the-music-play-1100x400

    Giorgio Moroder Let The Music Play (1976)

  • isaac-hayes-black-moses-1100x400

    Isaac HayesBlack Moses (1971)

  • janis-1100x400

    Janis JoplinGreatest Hits (1973)

  • John-lennon-wall-and-bridges-version-2-1100x400

    John LennonWalls & Bridges (1974) back cover

  • johnny-haliday-1100x400

    JohnnyRock’n’Slow (1974)

  • Madona-lucky-star-1100x400

    Madonna Lucky Star (Extended Version) (1983)

  • miles-davis-walkin-1100x400

    Miles Davis Walkin’ (1987) Alternative cover of the disc for a box of 5 CD’s

  • nana-1100x400

    Nana MouskouriL’enfant au tambour (1965)

  • nino-ferrer-1100x400

    Nino FerrerLa Carmencita (1982)

  • om-kalsoum-enta-omri-1100x400

    Oum KalthoumEnta Omry (1964)

  • ozone-glasses-1100x400

    OzoneGlasses (1983)

  • PNL-1100x400

    PNLDeux Frères (2019)

  • polnareff-la-poupée-qui-dit-non-1100x400

    Polnareff La Poupée qui fait non (1973)

  • prince-art-official-age-1100x400

    PrinceArt Official Age (2014)

  • raaja-raajathan-ilaiyaraaja-1100x400

    Illayaraja – Original Sound Track Film Raaja Raajathan (1989)

  • Ramones-album-cover-1100x400

    RamonesRamones (1976)

  • rickross-teflon-don-1100x400

    Rick RossTeflon Don (2010)

  • roy-orbison-crying-1100x400

    Roy Orbison Crying (1962)

  • sheila-1100x400

    SheilaLa Famille (1967)

  • stevie-wonder-hotter-than-july-1100x400

    Stevie WonderHotter than July (1980)

  • the-faith-tones-jesus-use-me-1100x400

    The Faith TonesJesus Use Me (1964)

  • the-weeknd-blinding-lights-1100x400

    The Weeknd Blinding Lights (2020)

  • the-who-tommy-1100x400

    The Who – Original Sound Track of movie Tommy (1975)

  • tracey-ullman-sunglasses-1100x400

    Tracey Ullman Sunglasses (1984)

  • weird-album-covers4-miso-kovat-1100x400

    Mišo Kovač – Nek Teku Vode / Balada O Zelenim Očima (1972)

Compilation by Violaine Schutz